The Names Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is Hardeman?

2. Which of the following characters does not actively search for the cult in the novel?

3. Where is James at the beginning of Chapter 10?

4. In Chapter 10, where does James say he is traveling instead of Kuwait?

5. What news does Ann Maitland give James when she has dinner with James in the beginning of Chapter 13?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Chapter 14 connected thematically to the rest of the novel?

2. What does James Axton learn in Bombay early in Chapter 11?

3. Where is Volterra in his planning for the cult film at the end of Chapter 8?

4. What admission does James make to Lindsay Keller in Chapter 13?

5. How does James find a new sense of comfortable stasis at the end of the novel?

6. How does Owen look in Chapter 12?

7. How does DeLillo illustrate James' awkward relationship with his landlord in Chapter 10?

8. What unsettling information does Ann Maitland tell James in Chapter 10?

9. How does James seduce Janet Ruffing at the end of Chapter 9?

10. In Chapter 12, why does Owen go to Lake Rajsamand?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the latter half of The Names, James Axton develops several female entanglements that serve as temporary place-fillers for his lost family. Write an essay about these three: Janet Ruffing, Del Nearing, and Ann Maitland. How does Ruffing fulfill his sexual needs as a man? How does Nearing fulfill his paternal needs after the essential loss of Tap? Discuss, lastly, how Ann Maitland provides the most complete relationship for him. What are the defining attributes of this relationship? How does their final moment in the novel resonate as particularly significant?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the marriage and separation of James and Kathryn Axton. How did their marriage affect each others individual life and goals? What state is the marriage in when the novel begins, and how did it reach this point? Discuss how Kathryn and James' personalities and lifestyles change after the separation. What idiosyncrasies are revealed as a result? What finally breaks the marriage apart for good, and how does the veneer of cordiality disappear as a result?

Essay Topic 3

The place of America in the international community is a recurring motif in the narrative. How are all of the main characters - James Axton, Kathryn Axton, and Owen Brademas - at the back and call of this place? What new dangers are emerging from the ether in regards to Americans abroad? How is James Axton an operative of America in the hostile international world? How does Eliades represent the opposite, a spokesman and operative for a disgruntled world?

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